Is anyone else frustrated by the cost/quality ratio of dresses?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I could not agree with you more.

Post # 4
3599 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I have to admit, I’m kind of pissed that my polyester gown cost me $750.  And for bridal wear that’s cheap!

Post # 5
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@tinypaws:  Check out some of the mid-level designers, or the cheaper lines of the nicer designers!

I wore a Maggie Sottero dress that was INCREDIBLY well made (and I worked as a costumer for a few years)

I’ve also heard great things about Enzoani Blue, Justin Alexander, etc.

Post # 6
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I can’t remember the designer of my dress (I don’t think it was a very famous brand) but it cost $1000, was made of silk and was very well made.  I got it on sale for $750.  All I can say is, they’re out there!

Post # 7
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I second Justin Alexander! My dress is from his signature line so it cost 2000+, but the few dresses that I tried on from his lower end line were some of the nicest made dresses and cost 1100-1400.

Post # 8
5503 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

@tinypaws:  I think you need to shop around. I do agree with you in part; but, that is always the way with designer clothing: money does not necessarily = quality.

I tried on one dress that cost £1200/$1800, and it was CHEAP: the fabric was polyster, it was stiff and didn’t sit nicely, the detailing looked cheap: I could go on.

My dress would have cost £2500/$3750 new because it was an older style (they go up in price in the UK); similar new styles by the same designer cost around £1800/$2700. We paid £1000/$1500 at a sample sale.

For me, it was worth the price: excellent quality lace over silk, beautiful hand beading and diamante embellished, fantastic integrated stell-boned corset, and dear God, it weighs a ton!

But, that certainly wasn’t the case with everything I saw; though oddly, I found the cheaper dresses tended to be more of a rip-off than the more expensive ones.

Post # 9
1822 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

Hmm, interesting that you’ve noticed that, because my dress was in the $1100 range and I was simply amazed at the quality. All-over hand beading from shoulder to toe, high quality lace outside, luxurious satin on the inside, straight and strong seams, the whole nine yards.

I would not be surprised that with many big-name designers you are paying a premium for the name on the tag, but I can personally vouch for Mori Lee’s quality and value. My seamstress estimated my dress at $3000-$4000.

Post # 10
9938 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

Mine is a DB from White by Vera Wang.  While I haven’t inspected it terribly closely, it’s certainly much better quality than a lot of other dresses I looked at at a similar price ($750).  I adore my dress.  i knew I wouldn’t get super high quality for $750 but I”m impressed with it.

Post # 11
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think you should keep looking. My dress was made by Casablanca and I paid $1000 for it. It had a lot of beading a details over the entire top and was a big ball gown. It was made very well. I felt that it was a great price especially considering it had so much detail on it. 

Post # 12
4998 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I was pretty unimpressed by the quality of fabrics (in particular) used in dresses. I was set on silk rather than polyester and couldn’t find what I wanted.

I ended up having my dress made for me by a dressmaker. I got the quality of fabric and workmanship that I wanted at a lower price than something similar in a shop.

Post # 13
3557 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My dress is from Justin Alexander’s Sincerity line and I thought it was very well made, it was also under $1000 🙂 It was certainly better quality than several of the dresses that I tried on that were over $1000


Post # 14
361 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@tinypaws:  Agreed!  I ended up looking at designer’s non-wedding gowns that just so happen to be in ivory or cream — worked for me, since I wanted to keep costs low and quality high.  

Post # 15
767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

There was a whole article about this that someone posted a while ago


The industry looks at it well “everyone” gets married we are needed so we can mark it up as high as we want. Kind of like funerals business is never dead… bad joke…. but seriously these life moments are so expensive!

Just like one of the bees said….I don;t know much about fabric/quality but my Mori Lee dress from her Angelina Faccenda line is spectacular it wasnt cheap but wasn’t expensive either – $1700. I showed people pictures of the dress and thet actually asked how much and I told them and they were floored saying it looks soooo much more expensive. Look into her couture line (Angleina Faccenda) if you want over the top for a fair price


Anyway you said you are in the fashion/beauty industry. Is there anyway you have a friend or coworker that can help you design and or make a dress for cheaper? I’m sure you can make deals with them! Keep talking to people if you personally don’t know someone…maybe your friend knows someone who knows someone who is willing to work with you…


Post # 16
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I suggest Allure…I loved their gowns and chose one from the Romance collection that was very well made with nice material (cost around $1600 with the tax).  Maggie Sottero gowns I tried on were nice as well…

Not sure where you’re from…but maybe there is some kind of bridal outlet (in MA there is one called “Vows” as seen on TLC’s “I Found The Gown”).  They sell nice designer gowns at great markdowns…

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